Michael Jordan Once Commented on the GOAT Debate: “I Won 6 Championships. Bill Russell Won 11. Does That Make Bill Russell Better Than Me? Or Me Better Than Bill Russell. No”  

Published 12/19/2021, 4:30 PM EST


Michael Jordan is often considered one of the greatest athletes ever. And his accomplishments, which made him legendary have been well documented throughout the years. Bill Russell, on the other hand, was a player whose career spanned over a decade. He was known for his defensive prowess and it set him apart from others.

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Bill Russell and Michael Jordan are two of the most iconic players in NBA history. They both had incredibly successful careers. They were completely different players, but they pushed each other to become the best.

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Michael Jordan or Bill Russell?

When we look at the numbers, it’s easy to see that Bill Russell was better than Michael Jordan. During his career, Russell averaged 15.1 points per game and 22.5 rebounds per game. Russell definitely has a strong case for being the best player ever. He was an incredible defensive player, winning 11 championship rings in total.

In contrast, Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. Not only did Russell average more rebounds per game, but he also won 11 championships compared to Jordan’s six titles.

Although, Jordan was simply a more dominant offensive force, and won six championships.

Michael Jordan Gets It Straight With No Comparison for the Evolution of the Game

Jordan shares in the second interview with Marvin R. Shanken, “I won 6 Championships. Bill Russell Won 11. Does that Make Bill Russell Better Than Me? Or Me Better Than Bill Russell. No, Because we played at different eras “.

Jordan’s concept of equating the players with how much they impact to evolve the game rather than comparing stats, is unfair.  “I never played against Wilt Chamberlain, I never played against Jerry West.” 

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Bill Russell was also a five-time MVP and 11-time champion with Boston Celtics – a dynasty team during his era.

Jordan’s offensive game was precise with balanced scoring ability; he could use both hands equally proficiently. He was selected nine times in All-Defensive First Team and his leadership abilities second-to-none.

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On top of all this, Michael Jordan had what many greats didn’t: an intense will to win.

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VS Sharathprasad

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Sharathprasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Sharathprasad is a postgraduate in Mass Media Communications with a specialization in Print and New Media. He has been following NBA since 2012 and is an ardent fan of the LA Lakers.

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